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Grateful Dead Live at Yale Bowl, Yale University on 1971-07-31

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Grateful Dead Live at Yale Bowl, Yale University on 1971-07-31


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Truckin', Sugaree, Mr. Charlie, Mama Tried, Big Railroad Blues, Hard To Handle, Loser, Playin' In The Band-> Dark Star-> Bird Song, El Paso, Me And Bobby McGee Bertha, Big Boss Man, Me & My Uncle, Deal, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Darkness Jam-> Not Fade Away, E:Uncle John's Band-> E: Johnny B. Goode


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Yale Bowl, Yale University
Location New Haven, CT

Source Audience
Lineage AKG 190E mic > Uher 4000 Report-L 5inch Reel > CD > EAC > WAV > SHN
Taped by Marty Weinberg
Transferred by Noah Weiner

Notes

I: AudMR > CD > EAC > WAV > SHN
II: AudMR > C > DAT > CD > EAC > WAV >SHN

single AKG 190E mic > Uher 4000 Report-L 5" Reel deck
Taper: Marty Weinberg

Analog to Digital Transfer: 1/2 track tapes on a Revox A-700 (tweaked the head azimuth to match the original recording). Signal fed into DigiDesign Pro Tools on a Macintosh with Audio Media III sound card. The only post processing was normalization.

Final digital version assembled by: Noah Weiner - noahbw@home.com

Weinberg recorded each set of this show on its own reel. Both were in very delicate condition at the time of the transfer (Summer 2001). The set two reel was degraded so much in sound quality (a tremendous loss of high end frequencies) that it proved better to used an older cassette copy of the set two reel for this new distribution. Also, Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia, and Casey Jones had been recorded over on the master reel at some point prior to the Summer 2001 digital transfer. Evidence of the current state of the set two reel can be heard on the set two intro, the first 23 seconds of Bertha, and the set two outro, which do come from the master reel.

Also, the track list for set one differs from what prior record keeping indicated. However, this new track order is direct off the master reel. The old order seems to indicate that songs were possibly rearranged to fit them more comfortably onto cassette.

there are some very slight digital ticks on tracks d2t12, d2t13 and d3t01. These are confirmed on the DAT that the transfer came from.

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Reviews

Reviewer: bobbypro - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2016
Subject: Great Show Riots and All
The day before Jerry's birthday---core group was firing on all cylinders--amazing Dark Star and Pig's Big Boss Man
I remember (of course those days were always a blur) that they only filled half the stadium with the Dead stage in the middle---they had room for thousands more, so the crowd outside got rammey and "one thing led to another" and all hell broke loose---i remember cars being turned over--am i right ?--myself and 4 friends got out of town that night via vw bus and headed to nyc for the concert for bangladesh---an absolutly incredible weekend of music
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2015
Subject: Tremendous Dark Star!
Easily the finest of the four 1971 Dark Stars pre-Keith and sans Mickey, though I think this one might be even better as a whole than 2/18/71, with its famous "beautiful jam". This version is beautiful, jazzy, and at times dark and brooding, with a soaring Feelin Groovy jam to cap things off. The sudden drop into Bird Song is unexpected and delightful!

Also check out the end of GDTRFB for what I believe is the final Darkness Darkness jam from the boys.
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2015
Subject: !
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Reviewer: billdog2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 15, 2012
Subject: Can't believe this exists...
I was there, in the center about halfway up. It was an incredible show. The only time I got to see the Dead live and I couldn't have picked a better time. Yea, the tape quality isn't great but the music is.
Unfortunately the events outside the show did mar the event and got the rest of the concerts there canceled. I had tickets to see the Who there and thanks to the morons I never did get to see the Who live.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2012
Subject: The Dark Star is definitely spectacular,
but I'd say just listen to that part, and tolerate noisy neighbors.
Reviewer: erik65 - favoritefavorite - July 31, 2011
Subject: Keep a hand on the volume
or you're going to hurt your ears, as you strain to listen to what Jerry's doing on guitar, and then someone from the crowd who is close to the microphones yells at the TOP of their lungs!

The scream at the beginning of Dark Star is particularly painful; it sounds like someone's been stabbed with a knife. There's another loud scream 2/3 of the way in, as the jam crescendos.

It would be a real pleasure to listen to a version that wasn't so harsh.
Reviewer: Jim F - - August 2, 2010
Subject: Sound does suck, but...
The Dark Star is rare and very fine. The first half of 1971 is short on Dark Stars, but this ones shines far above the others. If you can just get past the manic screams at the beginning of the track, you'll like it. The Bird Song is really nice too. The taper's explanations of what is happening after the show is interesting too, not something you find on most aud tapes.

Edit 8/2/10: Some 5 years later, I realize I was much too harsh on the quality of this aud. Sure, now I have the luxury of pulling out the Road Trips if I want the Dark Star in sbd quality, but this aud is really nice for the time, marred only by the crowd, primarily that scream at the beginning of Dark Star!
Reviewer: jackospax - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 21, 2010
Subject: Dark Star stats
I'm a total Dark Star nerd, and for anyone else like me who cares- This Dark Star is the longest (21:20) of the four performed by the original 5-man lineup, Jerry, Bob, Phil, Bill and Pig, between 2-19 and 8-26 1971.
Sound is not awful but the crowd screams can be harsh. I'm very grateful to hear this!!
Reviewer: Smerdyakov - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2010
Subject: Flawed Beauty
Strong performances throughout here. DARK STAR!!
Unfortunately, we get someone screaming very close to mics at peak moments of the show. Marring an otherwise great AUD. Stick with the Road Trips release.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live on Stage" July 31, 1971 at the Yale Bowl, Yale University, New Haven Connecticut, United States of America
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~This Day In GRATEFUL DEAD History~

Thirty eight years ago today the GRATEFUL DEAD were performing a live show at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut.

I couldn't be there in 1971, but I showed up today to listen to the show, where were you?

My favorite year of the GRATEFUL DEAD is 1971.

In 1971 they had the best sound, the best jams, the best songs, and they had Pigpen, to entertain us with the best front man in R&B history, and they didn't have Mickey Hart.

I highly recommend to all the kids out there that are into the GRATEFUL DEAD to study 1971. It is a very important year musically speaking.

I highly recommend downloading this show, it's what the GRATEFUL DEAD were all about, before the Cash Cow created this monstrosity you know as the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Outstanding recording quality for an audience recording condidering the equipment used in 1971...the stone age of recording.

I am very happy to have this show and you should be too.

I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included.

Windows Media Player has a 10 band EQ and SRS WOW effects that enhance the sound.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1971.
Reviewer: Jimmyrow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2008
Subject: crowd noise
I never really understand why people really knock the audience sound. I find it amusing when you listen to the crown track and hear this one guy say in a heavy Northeaster accent, "What haooened to Mickey HAAT?". If you can hear the tunes just be grateful.
Reviewer: tucker9691 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 31, 2007
Subject: tucker9691
I was at this concert, stage center about half way up the bowl. Kopps Communication did a great sales job on this, as many from Long Island made the journey for the concert. The action outside gave us two shows to watch. Have just downloaded, not yet listened, but there was a huge amount of noise in the crowd, that would get mellow and quiet at times, and over the edge at others. I hope I enjoy the file broadcast as much as I did the concert. Pigpen and Jerry were .... undescribable that night. My rating is based on my memories, I'll have to think about revisiting after I've listened.
Reviewer: Grady Holloway - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 10, 2007
Subject: Having a flashback
Watching the Dead then and hearing it again now conjures up many memories... I vividly remember the attempts to get through the fence by several who faced an onslaught of police and tear gas... somehow it seems fitting that the ultimate Yale Bowl concert should reach such a frenzy...I cannot say that I am the least bit disappointed by the sound...it really lives with me.
Reviewer: justoldalph - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 27, 2006
Subject: A nice historical show in CT
Yes the background noise is over the top. I have been editing down the high spots using Blaze Media Pro. Any other softwares that are easy to use?
Historical note, this show featured a mad clash between police and would-be concert goers who stormed the fence and broke them down. You don't see any more shows at Yale Bowl after July 31, 1971, the Dead or anyone else.
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2006
Subject: not too shabby
you know what, this recording is not as bad as people before me make it out, Ya the crowd noise is frustrating at times, but they mellow out. once you get beond the screams, the recording is quite comprehensive, sure it's an audiance, therefore all sounds are not equal, but jerry bob phil and billy come thur instrmentally, especially in dark star. this star rivals 2/18, it's long and wraping, akin to both the Halloween star and the July second Other one, jerry seem to have a lot of space to work thur. The up-tempo acid beat after the first verse blends 69thru72 very well, listen and youll see.
Reviewer: deadman74 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 3, 2005
Subject: A must own...download now
The show itself, taping/recording, is not the best...midlevels a bit off and the crowd chatter is crazy. But one must respect this show despite the poor recording. Here was the first time Sugaree was performed. Great song...The whole show is worth the download just for that fact alone.
Reviewer: deadman74 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 3, 2005
Subject: A must own...download now
The show itself, taping/recording, is not the best...midlevels a bit off and the crowd chatter is crazy. But one must respect this show despite the poor recording. Here was the first time Sugaree was performed. Great song...The whole show is worth the download just for that fact alone.
Reviewer: zzdogs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2005
Subject: upon further review
Not great sound but still very listenable. If you can get past the crowd chatter there's lots of fine songs. Another "if you were there show." Great early 70's songlist. Always a treat to hear Pig Pen.
Reviewer: littlebri - favoritefavorite - May 31, 2005
Subject: overall sound?
might have been really good to listen to but, the crowd is much louder than the music. really interesting versions, especially dark star but the sound is almost unbearable. after each song be sure to turn your stereo down so you aren't blown away by the screaming dude next to the taper. nevermind the clapping during half the show. i would love to hear a nice copy of this! although i do enjoy the taper's commentary, especially the intro. What day is it anyway?
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